There’s nothing quite as exciting as moving in to a new home. Whether it’s because you got a job in another town, are moving in with the man or woman of your dreams, or “accidentally” burned down your previous house, the idea of a fresh start is full of promise. (Even more so if you were also assigned a new name and passport.)
But moving is not without its own special brand of stress. Everything you own, from your never-used wedding china to your complete collection of Modern Drunkard Magazine to that popsicle stick house you built in twelfth—sorry, second—grade, is being transported between two places by a couple of guys named Moe and Dougal. And once you arrive at your new home, the movers pile everything up in the living room, forcing you to play cardboard box Tetris for the next month.
Whether you rent a unit at a storage facility or a mobile storage container that you can park on your front lawn and use to annoy your new neighbors in record time, taking advantage of self storage could very well be the smartest thing you’ve ever done (Modern Drunkard subscription aside).
Here are five ways self storage can make your move go smoothly:
1. Take As Long As You Like To Unpack
Once that moving truck drives away, taking with it two or more strong-armed men, you’re stuck in a maze of boxes and furniture. It’s like the Catch-22 of clutter: you can’t move The Treadmill Bike because the waterbed is in the way, but you can’t move the waterbed because The Treadmill Bike is in the way. With a handy-dandy self storage unit, you can take a week, a month or a year to unpack. And maybe even leave some of those ridiculous items in storage forever.
2. Keep Your Valuables Secure
No matter how organized you are, it’s inevitable that something will break, go missing or get peed on (if you have animals, that is). Store your valuables at a secure storage facility to keep them safely out of the way during this hectic period. Depending on what you consider “valuables,” you’ll want to look into different types of storage. For example, the original Mona Lisa painting should be stored in a climate-controlled unit to prevent deterioration (as well as detection, since you obviously stole it), whereas a sharpened #2 pencil can simply be thrown into a mini storage unit.
3. Have Time To Paint Your New Home First
Sometimes the timeframe between moving out of your old place and moving into your new place doesn’t allow for prepping the new home. Now that the previous tenants have removed their vast collection of Elvis paintings from the walls, you may be in for a surprise. By putting most of your boxes in storage, you won’t be forced to audition for Cirque du Soleil while trying to paint, repair or organize the house.
4. Use the Storage Unit As An Office
If you work from home, moving can disrupt more than just your personal life—it can inconvenience your professional life as well. You can always take your laptop to the local coffee shop to work, but for some reason they get mad when you lug your filing cabinet or architect’s table into it. Instead, consider renting a storage unit and using it as an office. The best part is that you don’t need any fancy office furniture—pretend you’re in college again and use a stack of boxes as a desk.
5. Passively-Aggressively Get Rid of Spouse’s Stuff
If you’re moving into a new home with your spouse or significant other but not looking forward to half the place looking like it was decorated by a drunk teenager having an epileptic seizure, you need to rent a self storage unit. Pretend to fill it up with both of your belongings but really just put the other person’s things in it, and then “forget” to pay the monthly rent on the unit. After three months the facility will declare it abandoned and auction off everything inside. Just make sure your spouse doesn’t enjoy going to storage auctions.
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